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“Determined to be famous but destined to be infamous.”
The Dahlia Is the most beautiful woman you will ever meet in your life. She is kind, funny, and caring of almost everyone, but she also has a dark mysterious side. When she falls in love with the one person that loves her, she falls hard.
The Black Dahlia bride in our styled shoot illustrated these qualities perfectly. Shot on location in San Clemente, California, the coastal landscape offered the mystery our design team was looking for. The sunlight was perfect on the native bamboo and huge agaves, found organically in this secluded beach canyon, and added to the drama of her slender black wedding dress with the full length black lace veil. Her face was framed with a golden crown giving her a regal, sophisticated edgy look.
All of our models were dressed in black adding to the mystery of the shoot. The bride wore a slim fitting sleeveless sheath dress, with a peak a boo hole in the back and a slit down the front. Her black lace, floor length, veil was attached by a gold thorn-like crown. Her hair was pulled back in a simple messy bun, showing off her dangling gold rhinestone earrings with the moon and the sun, adding a bit of mysticism to her look.
Our blond, flowing haired maid complimented the bride with her black lace fitted, sleeveless, dress with a high slit up the side. Her look was both sultry and sexy at the same time.
Our little flower girl wore a black tulle skirted sleeveless dress with a touch of gold beading on the bodice. It was delicately tied with a ribbon sash. She had deep red roses on her floral crown and red rose petals to decorate the path.
Inspired by the Black Dahlia itself, we desired a regal opulent feel with a gothic, mysterious twist. Our shoot featured deep cool tones in both the floral and decor, and also in the fashion choices and make up selection.
The Bride and her maid carried a bouquet filled with black roses, spiky thistle and dusty seeded eucalyptus. The main flowers were fittingly the Black Dahlia accompanied by the “Ocean Song” lavender rose. Each of the bouquets were laced with a touch of Amaranthus.
The centerpieces were created using similar flowers but Queen Anne’s Lace was added, along with the sage green, velvety leafed, Dusty Miller, and antique hydrangeas. There were floral treatments on the chairs, lining the walkways, and enhancing the black frosted cake.
It was fun to use our shepherd hooks with floral treatments along the wedding pathway.
The intimate table was set for two. The base covering was an antique linen tablecloth with a vintage black lace runner. Each place setting had four unique plates. First was the black charger topped with the gold metallic chop plate. All three of the other plates, dinner, salad, and bread, were vintage mismatched china individually selected with various gold trimmed patterns. The plates were framed with vintage silverware. A small gold pumpkin added a harvest flare to the table. The goblets were rimmed in gold leaf and filled with champaign and berries. Black place cards were hand lettered to direct the guest to their seat. The centerpiece stole the show in its pedestal gold vase.
All of our stationary and signage was meticulously hand lettered and included original watercolor designs.
A side table we call Charlotte was also featured with milk glass dishes that had assorted berries and macaroons decorating them . The table itself was a distressed white pedestal table with a square scalloped top and intricate designs on the corners.
The wedding cake was almost too pretty to cut, but we did. It was a two tiered cake with black frosting dotted with silver pearls. Perched on a gold leafed cake plate with a matching cake server, the cake was topped with assorted deep toned flowers. The inside of the cake was a yummy raspberry chocolate flavor.